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    IMPORTANT WATCHES Including A CONNOISSEUR'S VISION

    16 November 2009, Geneva

  • Lot 107

    Universal. A fine and unusual 18K pink gold and enamel wristwatch, presumably presented to General Hector Trujillo

    SIGNED UNIVERSAL, REF. 112.167, CASE NO. 1'429'433, MANUFACTURED IN 1951

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    Universal. A fine and unusual 18K pink gold and enamel wristwatch, presumably presented to General Hector Trujillo
    Signed Universal, ref. 112.167, case no. 1'429'433, manufactured in 1951
    Cal. 262 nickel-finished lever movement, 15 jewels, textured gilt dial, applied gold dagger and Arabic numerals, centred by raised polychrome enamel emblem of the Dominican Republic and motto Dios, Patria, Libertad, circular case, downturned lugs, engraved inscription Fuerza Aerea Dominicana al General H.B. Trujillo M. M.M. April 8, 1951 to the snap on back, case and movement signed
    34.5 mm. diam.


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    According to the Archives of Montres Universal, the present watch was manufactured between 1951 and 1952. Reference 112.167 was available with personalized enamel dials, depicting maps, animals, coat of arms and other motifs.

    Based on the emblem of the Dominican Republic and engraved inscription of the case back, the present watch was supposedly given by the Dominican Air Force to General Hector Bienvenido Trujillo Molina (6 April 1908 - 19 October 2002). He succeeded his brother Rafael Leonidas Trujillo Molina as president of the Dominican Republic in 1952 and maintained this position until 1960.

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